Hudson Architects are thrilled to be key UK partners in the CobBauge project, which forms part of the work by the European Union to reduce the carbon emissions of the FCE area by 2020 by 20% (2012/27/UE). The energy consumed for the building sector currently represents 40% of the total energy produced (UE2010), 60% of which is used by occupants to heat buildings.

The cob houses that are commonly found in the Channel regions of France and Great Britain do not meet the current thermal regulations. So the objective of the CobBauge project is to create new cob materials and processes that are both economical and compliant with building standards while answering the needs for the preservation of the local historical heritage.

The CobBauge project was selected under the European cross-border cooperation Programme INTERREG VA France (Channel) – England co-funded by the ERDF and involves 5 French and British partners.

  • Budget received from the France (Channel) England Programme: €2,857,181
  • Project Duration: 72 months
  • Total Project Budget: €4 097 365.10


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07 Nov 2019

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CobBauge wins Regiostars Award!

We are delighted that the CobBauge project has picked up a prestigious Regiostars Award in Brussels. Organised by the European Commission, Regiostars recognises Europe’s most innovative regional projects and CobBauge triumphed on the night beating stiff competition to win the award. Several of the project partners attended the awards ceremony and had this to say after the event:

“To win this award is clear recognition of the importance of this work in terms of exploring sustainable alternatives to conventional building materials and methods, it is also well-deserved recognition of all the hard work undertaken so far by the project team, from colleagues at the University, to partners in France and here in the UK.”

Professor Steve Goodhew, Principal Investigator on CobBauge and a member of the University’s Environmental Building Group

“The judges were particularly impressed by the development of an innovative low carbon technology to build cob houses using local soil and agricultural/waste fibres. It was felt that this technology could make an important contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions, improved energy efficiency, high levels of indoor air quality and an overall carbon neutral strategy.”

CobBauge Project Manager, Karen Hood-Cree

“According to latest research as buildings become more efficient, embodied energy becomes a significantly higher proportion of total life cycle energy use. Given that we have an urgent need to minimise our impact on the world around us, the low embodied energy of CobBauge represents a major step towards a more sustainable way of building

Anthony Hudson, Director at Hudson Architects

Our partners

Plymouth University

Graduate School of Construction Engineers of Caen, ESITC Caen

Regional Nature Park of the Marshes of Cotentin and Bessin, PnrMCB

Earth Building UK and Ireland (EBUKI)

University of Caen Normandy, LUSAC Laboratory